NASCAR Racing: Dover

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Welcome NASCAR fans to my NASCAR blog. Today I’d like to review the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway, the Heluva Good! 200, held on May 15, 2010. Qualifying was Saturday morning before the race. 18 Kyle Busch broke the track record with a speed of 158.228. Fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and team mate, 20 Denny Hamlin sits with Kyle on the front row. Danny O’Quinn, Jr. and Brian Keselowski did not make the race. This is Jason Keller’s 500th Busch/Nationwide start.

18 and 20 race each other around the track, with 20 leading at the line. 18 takes the lead in traffic. The first caution comes out when 20 spins 15 Michael Annett. 35 Jason Keller is the Lucky Dog and gets back onto the lead lap. 22 Brad Keselowski leads and chooses the outside for the restart on lap 38. 22 doesn’t put up a fight when 18 takes the lead. 20 and 22 exchange second place.

The second caution on lap 79 is for debris. 16 Colin Braun gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. 18 leads at the restart and chooses the outside. 60 Carl Edwards gets by 22 for second. And 22 gets back by 60.

The third caution comes out on lap 105 when 22 spins and spins and spins and gets into the inside wall. 15 Michael Annett gets his lap back again. 32 Reed Sorenson and 1 Ryan Newman get by 60.

The fourth caution comes out on lap 151 for 23 Robert Richardson. 22 Brad Keselowski gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. 18 chooses the outside and eight cars take the wave around. 99 Trevor Bayne and 60 battle with 33 Kevin Harvick right there.

The fifth caution came out, but I didn’t see what it was all about. (I was there with no commentators.) 62 Brendan Gaughan is the Lucky Dog and back on the lead lap. The Green Flag comes out on lap 198. The sixth caution comes out at the restart. Either 18 jumped the restart or 20, behind him, didn’t get going. 21 Clint Bowyer was on the front row with 18. 20 runs into 21 and sends him into the wall in front of 38 Kasey Kahne. 98 Paul Menard and 99 fly off into turn 1. 09 Chad McCumbee is also involved. And they throw the Red Flag on lap 198 for the clean up. (I was sitting in Turn 1 and saw all the smashed cars.)

21 is on pit road, but cannot work on the car until the Yellow Flag comes out. When the Yellow Flag comes back out, the pit crew works on 21 to get him back out. But he is still sitting there when the Pace car drives by. 21 comes out of the pits on the apron and drives past the other cars, right into 20, putting him into the wall. (The fans loved it!) 20 hits the wall and comes back down the track. No one else gets into him and no other cars were involved. 20 tries to take his place back in line, but NASCAR rules that he didn’t keep going, and can’t take his spot. 21 is ordered off the track.

The Green Flag comes out on lap 203. And there is a Green, White, Checker Finish. 88 Jamie McMurray gets by 32 for second. 1 gets by 32 for third. 1 gets by 88 to finish second. 15 Annett spins out at the end of the race. 18 Kyle Busch wins the Heluva Good! 200. The top 10 were 18, 1, 88, 32, 10 Jason Leffler, 33, 22, 27 Greg Biffle, 11 Brian Scott and 16. Four of the top ten were Nationwide drivers.

Bowyer got probation for three races for retaliation. However, as a fan watching the race, he made the race worth the price of the ticket. And other fans that I talked to also agree.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley

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